Barbara joined football legend John Barnes at an event to support the campaign by CCPR (an alliance of organisations in sport in recreation) to provide more tax relief for sports clubs which offer sporting activities for children.
Barbara, who has just agreed to become President of Fives Athletic Club in Walkden, said:
“There are many clubs in Worsley constituency that do a fantastic job providing sports facilities for children. The volunteers who run them put in a lot of time and effort to give our kids the chance to take part in sports.
“They deserve more support, and providing tax relief on junior subscriptions is a great way of giving them that. I would like to see the Government expand the Gift Aid scheme to help children’s sports. It can make all the difference in boosting sports participation by children in Worsley and Salford.”
CCPR is campaigning to enhance the benefits of the Community Amateur Sports Club Scheme to which over 4,450 clubs have already signed up. Clubs offering activities popular amongst children, such as swimming, gymnastics and netball, have been the slowest to join the scheme which is why CCPR believes the introduction of Gift Aid on junior subscriptions would be of significant benefit to all sports clubs.
“This campaign is about getting kids active and healthy and about recognising the amazing work that amateur sports clubs do around the country.”
Former Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes said:
“Sport has the power to unite communities, to build confidence, to teach new skills and to help people get fit and healthy. The support of local MPs is a vital part of that work and this event showed just how strong that support is.”
Barbara with John Barnes at the event in Parliament